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#1 phawgg

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 03:17 PM

I have no quarrel with Excel. It works well. My question is primarily due to the fact that not all users have it. If I want to e-mail an Excel file to them, how would they use it. So, what is available in freeware that if I didn't have it, I could open one of it's files in?
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Posted 22 September 2004 - 05:30 AM

Here is a free office suite.

openoffice
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Posted 22 September 2004 - 09:47 AM

Here again, I can recommend OOo as a substitute for Excel. I have only found minor incompatibility problems when translating from or to, Excel. Unless you regularly use massive worksheets with tons of macros and super-formatting, they interface well. I found the learning curve, after using Excel for a number of years, easier than I had originally thought since both are similar.
OOo, as I remember, ships with Linux distributions.
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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:33 AM

There's is an Excel 2003 Viewer available at microsoft, unfortunately you can't edit the document with it, but you can open, print documents.

There's also a Word 2003 Viewer, and PowerPoint 2003 Viewer as well. I know
it's probally not worth getting it because you can't well really use it, you can try the open office versions. i had trouble opening files from open office into MS Office,
saying that it can't read the file. But you can check it out though.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:04 AM

Having tried the OpenOffice I have found it excellent and all the Excel files I had
work just fine.

Quite a bit like audio codecs.
I can swap from Microsoft to OpenOffice & back as much as I want.
Same as with mp3 & .wmp files.

No loss, it's been my gain to have installed the freeware.

It uses less system resources & works just as well.

Comparible versions of the two:

MS = 298MB
OOo = 135MB

Thats not precise, as the OpenOffice has slightly more functionality in it's suite, but no database program to compare with Access.

So, I wouldn't use a viewer when I can have full functionality.

Same goes for audio.
Why have music that can't be edited, and tagged so it can be used in
both windows media player and other programs that offer superior sound reproduction?
Or as the case may be, better manageability of mass amounts of files, like iTunes offers me for free with the spreadsheet-like GUI
and it's far superior playlist creation/CD burning software.

I simply disable the iTunes Store & radio.
Same way I don't use PowerPoint or it's equivelent in OOo.
Its a matter of personal preference.

and system optimization.
prioritization of PC requirements per user.
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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:10 AM

My MS Office uses 852 MB of disk space becuase i'm using professional office XP.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:48 AM

I use winXP pro too, and that 298 was Office 2000 Pro without everything possible.
I simply don't use 'em all.

Excel
Word
Access
all tools & extras for them.

Oulook & Powerpoint I leave on CD.
Front page wasn't available.

300MB was more than I wanted.
It all depends on what you use, I think.
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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:54 AM

So if i only use word, could just install word from the suite?

I only use word, excel, publisher.

So could uninstall, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Access, & Outlook?

I don't know why office has outlook, because windows has it's own outlook express.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:14 AM

Yes, you can pick and choose.
I've done it several times.

You "custom install" from CD.

select one or those you use.
I usuallycheck the boxes that indicate
"install on first demand" unless I know I want it "available on disk".

That way if I never use it, I'll never get the alert that tells me I must load it from CD.

It takes a few tries to perfect it.
I might have done it say four times before I got it
exactly the way I wanted it.

I say that because if you install it all,
and then choose to uninstall the one(s) you don't use,
it doesn't uninstall cleanly for some reason.

Usually some warning/message that fouls it up,
because of cross-connectivity between the programs.

But, if you never install one (or more) in the first place, the installation
seems to provide a different set of variables that allow those you
do install
to work just fine together.

some microsoft "wizardry" no doubt.

Try it, you might like it. :thumbsup:

Edited by phawgg, 18 January 2005 - 04:16 AM.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:31 AM

So if i uninstall it, and delete any trace of office from the program folder,
then just install what i want, WORD, EXCEL, PUBLISHER.
i would save space on hardrive. then instead of 800MB it'll probally be around 400MB half the size.
if so i'll try it out.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:48 AM

Yes, Izzy, it is so.
I have that experience with Office 2000 professional, and I really
don't think Office 2003 is going to be any different.
Look for custom install, and you see a list of all available
"sub-programs".
start clicking and view "file tree" structures.
click to see options.
Follow the action in a "dry-run" trial using
one instead of all of them to prove
to yourself what happens. :thumbsup:

EDIT: In the time since the post time
I installed access only.
I clicked on the icons next to the check boxes.
dropdown menu, I chose "Unavailable".
A red X on a white background replaces the
normal icon that looks like a CD drive (gray)
Only on the office tools and access did I vary,
so the result is:

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Edited by phawgg, 18 January 2005 - 05:07 AM.

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